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Look at that Tail by Qilong Look at that Tail by Qilong
Nomingia represents the first oviraptorosaur to confirm the presence of a pygostyle (fused series of vertebrae at the end of the tail) outside of birds themselves, or at least among theropod dinosaurs. Apart from this feature, the tail is extremely short, highly pneumatic, and reiterated the importance of oviraptorosaurs to the question on the origin of birds, which Barsbold has previously asked many decades before. I have previously shown off it's well-preserved (but incomplete) pelvis here: [link]

Here, Nomingia is shown with a caenagnathid aspect, much like Chirostenotes: [link] This is approximate, and it is unknown where this animal's affinities lie, whether it is with the caenagnathids, with the oviraptorids, or outside of a group shared by those two, although that last scenario has been the general concensus of analyses (it is otherwise associated with caenagnathids).
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Aconitum-Napellus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Writer
Lovely :-) I may have to make a whole new category in my faves gallery :D
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Wow. I am flattered :)
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Aconitum-Napellus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Writer
Thank you :D I wish I had time to peruse every drawing and learn more about dinosaurs. There are so many things to learn in the world, and I never seem to have enough time :-(
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